Medical Records Specialists

risk level
Based on 26 votes
by year 2032
or $23.45 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

92% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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User poll

73% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 92% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Medical Records Specialists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Medical Records Specialists' job openings is expected to rise 6.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Medical Records Specialists' was $48,780, or $23 per hour

'Medical Records Specialists' were paid 1.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 185,690 people employed as 'Medical Records Specialists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.12% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 817 people are employed as 'Medical Records Specialists'.

Job description

Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system. Includes medical coders.

SOC Code: 29-2072.00


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Kay Hicks (Low) says
Doctors' notes are challenging to read and interpret. Each provider has a set style and focus. Patient care is not one size fits all, each visit interaction is unique. Many points must be considered, including complexity, time spent, issues addressed, social health etc, when Coding Medical records. Medicare, Commercial Insurance, Medicaid and government payers have separate policies on Medical Necessity coverage. Guidelines change frequently and can be policy based. Each year CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 codes are updated with new, deleted or revised rules. Because of all these issues and more; Human thought is required to complete the tasks of Health Information Management
Apr 21, 2023 at 12:47 PM

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